More than 300,000 people packed the Chicago Loop on Saturday to rally and march for women’s rights and to galvanize people to head to the polls in 2018. The event was one of more than 350 planned worldwide over the weekend of January 20th and 21st, and for many locations, the second Women’s March that took place since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
“The energy we saw throughout the year and continuing through today demonstrates once and for all that we are experiencing a resurgence in the women’s movement,” organizer Jessica Scheller told the Chicago Tribune. “Only time will tell how much we can accomplish through it.”
Organizers say that in part, the event was to “energize women and their allies to amplify women’s voices in leadership, speak out against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, and defend the rights of communities most under attack including LGBTQ, immigrants and refugees,” as well as drive people to the polls in 2018.
At least 250,000 people rallied and marched in the Chicago Loop and around the world in 2017, one day after Trump was inaugurated. Organizers in Chicago estimated that the 2018 crowd exceeded 300,000.
Visu.News co-founder Aaron Cynic was on scene for the entire march: